Utilize your sauna for chronic pain management
Did you know that one of the primary uses for far-infrared heat therapy is to assist in sauna pain management? Because far-infrared heat penetrates 1-2 inches deep into the body’s soft tissue, it makes it a great source of relief for symptoms like arthritis pain to backaches. This specific type of heat expands your blood vessels and increases circulation, without increasing blood pressure. And as your circulation improves, more oxygen is able to reach tissues and nerves, helping to reduce pain and speed up the healing process as it has a direct affect on both free-nerve endings and peripheral nerves.
On a daily basis, your muscles become stiff due to everyday activities and stress. Far infrared heat will relax them and help them regain their elasticity. This method of sauna pain management is specifically effective as it reduces your bodies suffering from injuries and chronic pain while consistently improving the mobility of the joints/muscles in question. Whether you are dealing with muscle soreness from swelling, are elderly or younger and athletic, this technique can (and will) help loosen sore muscles and joints (without the use of ointments or creams!)
Furthermore, this deep penetrating heat used in sauna pain management not only stimulates blood circulation and dilates your blood vessels; it breaks down your body’s lactic acid deposits, too! Lactic acid tends to form deposits in your muscles, which lead to cramps, secondary spasms, tightening, and fatigue in your body.
Infrared Sauna Chronic Pain Study
A study in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics tested 46 patients with chronic pain using a variety of treatment modalities, with and without far-infrared sauna. The study found a decrease in overall pain, pain behavior, and self-rating depression in both groups of patients, but a more significant drop was found in the sauna group. Two years after the infrared sauna treatment, more of the patients in the sauna group had returned to work pain free than those without sauna treatment.
Masuda, A, et al. The effects of repeated thermal therapy for patients with chronic pain. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2005; 74 (5): 288-94.